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Chinese leaders are citing “Game of Thrones” in meetings

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President Xi Jinping warned foreign leaders against letting the real world turn into the seven warring kingdoms of WesterosRead full story

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  • Xi is a very dry character, so it’s hard to imagine those words coming from his translator. Yet there are few people on earth who understand cut-throat and death defying politics better than Xi. Through translated form, his providing commentary or play-by-play for this series, Xi would become the John Madden of Game of Thrones.

  • I have long thought that the United States' greatest influence was not the threat of hard power (military, etc) but soft power in the form of cultural influence. Back when I studied this, it was the influence of Hollywood. Then it became YouTube and the digital studios (Amazon, Netflix, etc) that are

    I have long thought that the United States' greatest influence was not the threat of hard power (military, etc) but soft power in the form of cultural influence. Back when I studied this, it was the influence of Hollywood. Then it became YouTube and the digital studios (Amazon, Netflix, etc) that are reaching a global audience of billions on owned and operated properties. To see foreign governments referencing HBO characters is proof of that soft power in action. Amazing.

  • It's perhaps not surprising that powerful politicians are as riveted by Game of Thrones as the rest of us. They probably know better than most what it is like to live in wild, wild Westeros. They too long to rule the seven kingdoms. Still, it was funny to discover that the Chinese president Xi Jinping

    It's perhaps not surprising that powerful politicians are as riveted by Game of Thrones as the rest of us. They probably know better than most what it is like to live in wild, wild Westeros. They too long to rule the seven kingdoms. Still, it was funny to discover that the Chinese president Xi Jinping is quoting GoT and watching condensed episodes known as the "diamond versions."

  • The really important question is whether the Chinese leadership were part of the 5.2 million that downloaded game of thrones over pirate P2P networks, or if they watch the mass market version that had 6 minutes edited out by the censors.

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  • So are American, British, and Japanese et al?

  • Failing empires, if they survive, become culture and entertainment centers. As stated in one other comment, America’s real power has come from soft cultural influence. Note the heavy influence of GB entertainment that expanded, especially in America, as GB became weaker and less politically meaningful

    Failing empires, if they survive, become culture and entertainment centers. As stated in one other comment, America’s real power has come from soft cultural influence. Note the heavy influence of GB entertainment that expanded, especially in America, as GB became weaker and less politically meaningful over the last fifty years.

    So no surprise that China uses GoT as reference. I have never watched it but am familiar with George RR Martin’s fantasy formulas, so the content is not that important but the script writers have honed this into an easy image of our current world. This gives the Xi and other leaders insight to the American perceived experience. This is mentoring and very valuable.

    The Chinese, as usual, were writing these before the end of the Roman Empire. Because of that I wonder about the summaries. In any case America should give up the imperial militarism before it crashes and burns, eliminate fascist pretensions, and get serious about building images of the future that can lead somewhere good. Almost all entertainment will be virtual with American and Japanese technology eliminating real people.

  • This is a testament to how strong and important an influence pop culture can have across the world. Politicians get that it's a great way to relate to the public and it's reassuring and pretty funny to think Trump and Xi might well be tuned in at the same time to watch season 8. Its a reminder we have

    This is a testament to how strong and important an influence pop culture can have across the world. Politicians get that it's a great way to relate to the public and it's reassuring and pretty funny to think Trump and Xi might well be tuned in at the same time to watch season 8. Its a reminder we have more in common than we think. I wonder who they root for?

  • I don’t think this will take 80 years.

    As the percentage in wage growth slows in China and other Asian countries ;Africa will emerge as a major supplier for labor intensive production.

    In 20 years what we define as labor intensive will be very different than what we can imagine now.

  • Lol I love this

  • Winter is coming.

  • Sounds like a very real warning couched in terms the west will understand. George Martin should be proud life imitates art. There are even dragons.

  • I'd really like to see a "diamond" version episode, I bet it would be very amusing.

  • Xi’s hidden message: there should be one united kingdom on earth.

  • Wow, slow news day. 😐😐

  • I won't put much weight on the article, sounds like the writer just dreamt up the story but nevertheles interesting.

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